INDIANAPOLIS (September 2, 2017) – Indy Eleven dropped their third home contest of the Fall Season as Pablo Dyego’s brace secured three points for the visiting San Francisco Deltas.
Welcome back defender Cory Miller for the first time since October 2016, “Indiana’s Team” allowed the Deltas to possess in the early moments of the first half as they repelled everything the visitors booted their way. Despite giving San Francisco room to maneuver, it was Indy who created the first opportunity of the game 13 minutes in. Off a slick one-two between forward David Goldsmith and midfielder Tanner Thompson, the latter dragged a rolled ball back for Ben Speas only to see the attacker’s shot ricochet off his teammate Zayed and just over the bar.
San Francisco continued to maintain possession and work the ball around the midfield, creating their first chance just a few minutes later. Racing down the right flank, Deltas winger Jackson lifted a ball over the entire defense to his teammate Devon Sandoval at the back post. In striking the ball on the first time asking, Sandoval missed a nearly wide-open net as the chance went begging. Just two minutes later, Jackson looked to make an impact by himself as a struck a ball with the outside of his right boot that rifled off the crossbar and back into play where Indy Eleven goalkeeper Jon Busch was waiting with open arms.
The “Boys in Blue” would work another beautiful chance through Goldsmith, again towards Zayed, but the Deltas would strike first in the 42ndminute. Working on the right side of the attack, Michael Stephens got to the endline and put in an uncontested cross that forward Pablo Dyego made no mistake with, heading home the point-blank look to make it 1-0.
San Francisco would take their advantage into the halftime break, with “Buschy” making three saves.
The second half saw Indy produce a couple of quality looks in front of goal, the best for Zayed in the 76th minute that forced a solid save from Peiser, but San Francisco would ultimately double their lead as Indy pressed for a late equalizer. In the 87th minute, Dyego took Eleven defender Colin Falvey one-on-one to the byline and produced a deft chip past Busch at his near post to end Indy’s hopes of a comeback.
“The first half was not a good half for us. We didn’t show the maturity to possess and keep the ball, so we were forcing everything off the first move. It put us on our heels defending against the counter,” said Hankinson. “At halftime, there was a calm message – win or lose, let’s possess the ball and we’ll have a better chance to create. It was a better second half. Now we’ll wait and see who comes out of this with problems and take things one day at a time.”
Indy Eleven travels to face the Jacksonville Armada FC on Saturday, September 9 at 7:30 P.M. ET, but returns home to IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium to host North Carolina FC on Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00 P.M. ET. Tickets for the game – and all remaining 4+ NASL matches at “The Mike” in 2017 – can be purchased for as little as $11 online at www.IndyEleven.com or by phone at 317-685-1100.
NASL Fall Season
Indy Eleven 0 : 2 San Francisco Deltas
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Carroll Stadium – Indianapolis, IN
SFD – Pablo Dyego (Michael Stephens) 42’
SFD – Pablo Dyego 87’
IND – Marco Franco 74’
Indy Eleven lineup (4-4-2, L-->R): Jon Busch (GK); Daniel Keller, Cory Miller, Colin Falvey ©, Marco Franco; Ben Speas, Brad Ring, Gerardo Torrado, Tanner Thompson; David Goldsmith (Adrian Ables 78’), Eamon Zayed
IND bench: Keith Cardona (GK); Christian Lomeli, Adrian Ables, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Kwame Watson-Siriboe
San Francisco Deltas lineup (3-5-2, L->R): Romuald Peiser (GK); Reiner Ferreira, Patrick Hopkins, Karl Ouimette; Kenny Teijsse (Maxim Tissot 77’), Greg Jordon, Tyler Gibson, Michael Stephens, Jackson; Devon Sandoval (Tom Heinemann 81’), Pablo Dyego (Andrew Lubahn 89’)
SFD bench: Alex Mangels (GK); Bryan Burke, Andrew Lubahn